Fort Hays State University swings into Homecoming on Thursday, Oct. 10, when the Tiger Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble, tees off at 11 a.m. at the Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall.
And with that, FHSU alumni and friends enter Homecoming weekend of the Centennial year, organized around a theme of "Rock Around the Clock, Cheers for 100 Years."
Featured classes this year are 1952, 1962 and 1977. In addition, special reunion events are planned for basketball, nursing, Sigma Tau Gamma, Residential Life, and Kappa Sigma Kappa alumni and friends.
Thursday's events, in addition to the Tiger Golf Tournament, are a Sigma Tau Gamma Social from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union and the Centennial Art Exhibition opening from 7-9 p.m. in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art in Rarick Hall.
The art exhibit includes works by former Art Department chairs Gary Coulter '60, '61, Joel Moss '38, John C. Thorns Jr. ' 50 and Mabel Vandiver.
Friday, Oct. 11, begins with registration in the Memorial Union at 8 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. All tickets must be picked up at the registration desk. Special events are planned throughout the day, including:
-- Half-Century Club Induction & Brunch. The social is at 9:30 a.m., and the brunch at 10:30, both in Memorial Union. The Class of 1952 will join alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. A class photo will commemorate this special occasion.
-- Oktoberfest, from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Frontier Park, South Main Street.
-- Campus tours at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. They begin at the registration table in Memorial Union.
-- Open house at the Docking Institute of Public Affairs from 10 a.m. to noon in Picken Hall, room 210. This open house is for all FHSU alumni, parents and friends. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
-- Open house at Forsyth Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a 1950s-vintage automobile show outside the library. At 1 p.m. the library will celebrate the 1950s and
the mid-point in FHSU's history with "The Nifty Fifties," a presentation of photographs and memorabilia highlighting America's changing society as well as advances occurring at FHSU during this "golden era." At 2 p.m., Dr. Gerald Tomanek, FHSU president emeritus, and Dr. James Forsythe, retired FHSU historian and retired dean of the Graduate School and vice provost, will be available to sign their books, Pasture and Range Plants and Lighthouse on the Plains: Fort Hays State University, 1902-2002, respectively.
-- Sigma Tau Gamma Social and Buffet. The social begins at 4 p.m. and the buffet at 5:30 p.m., both in Memorial Union.
-- Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet. The social begins at 6 p.m. and the banquet at 7 p.m., both in Memorial Union. This is a highlight of every Homecoming weekend, where recognition is given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to society and the university. This year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Brad Brown '77, '78, David Dible (DYE-bl) '69, Maureen Pastine (pas-TEEN) '67, B.J. Reed '71, '72, and James Rodrigue (rod-REEG) '84. Tonja Nansel (TAHN-ya NAN-sl) '88 will be honored with the Young Alumni Award. Honored with the Distinguished Service Award is Gail Kuehl (KEEL).
-- Basketball All-Year Reunion, beginning at 7 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum with the Old-Timers Pick-Up Game and continuing at 9 p.m. with a reception -- hosted by current Tiger players -- at the coliseum. This is the first basketball all-year reunion, dedicated to those who helped make Tiger basketball a success.
-- You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, opening at 8 p.m. at Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall. This production features FHSU talent playing the popular characters Charlie, Lucy, Linus and Schroeder.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Memorial Union and runs until noon.
The first events of the day are the Lewis Field Club Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Memorial Union and the 5K Tiger Run/Walk, which starts at 8 a.m. from the union's circle drive.
Reunion breakfasts for the honored classes of 1952, 1962 and 1977 begin at 8:30 a.m. in the union.
The Class of '52 will later ride in the Homecoming Parade on a special entry and can enjoy special seating at the parade, football game and at the Tiger Alumni and Friends Banquet and Dance. Special seating at the football game and at the banquet and dance will also be provided for the classes of '62 and '77.
Other special events on Saturday are:
-- Nursing 50th anniversary breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Memorial Union, followed by tours of Stroup Hall, home of the Department of Nursing, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
-- Centennial event at 9 a.m. at McCartney Hall. The recently renovated home of the College of Business and Leadership will be rededicated.
-- Basketball All-Year Reunion, continuing with a 9 a.m. breakfast at Gross Coliseum and, at 12:30 p.m., a barbecue on the south side of Lewis Field Stadium. After breakfast, a special "basketball float" will be provided for the Homecoming Parade. Special seating will be available at the football game as well as at the post-game social, banquet and dance.
-- Campus tour at 9:30 a.m. from the registration table in Memorial Union.
-- "Enhancing Leadership Skills," a program from the Leadership Studies Department, 9:30 a.m. Tomanek Hall, room 124. The program is open to the public but seats must be reserved.
-- "GIS: Eyes for Spies and City Builders," 9:30 a.m. in Tomanek Hall, room 106. This program will provide insight into this technology's capabilities from analysis of world events to breathtaking images from space. The program is open to the public but seats must be reserved.
-- Homecoming Parade, 11 a.m., Downtown Hays.
-- Residential Life Reunion from noon to 2 p.m. in McMindes Hall.
-- Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority open house from noon to 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. at 409 W. Eighth.
-- Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority open house at noon at 403 W. Sixth.
-- Sigma Chi Fraternity tailgate party from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lewis Field Stadium Parking Lot.
-- Delta Zeta Sorority parade entry, open house and barbecue. Chapter alumni may ride the Delta Zeta float at 11 a.m. The open house and barbecue begin at noon at 410 W. Sixth.
-- Football, as the Tigers take on the Skyhawks of Fort Lewis College, beginning with pre-game ceremonies at 1 p.m. at Lewis Field Stadium. The game begins at 2.
-- Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity post-game reception at 4 p.m. at 2766 Thunderbird Drive.
-- Information Networking and Telecommunications Department open house from 4 to 6 p.m. in Heather Hall. Social begins at 6 p.m. at G. Willikers Deli & Bar, 507 W. Seventh.
-- Tiger post-game social, 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Union.
-- Ethnic Students, Alumni and Friends Reception, 6 p.m. in Memorial Union.
-- Tiger Alumni and Friends Banquet and Dance, beginning with dinner at 7 p.m. and progressing to the dance at 9 p.m., both in Memorial Union.
-- Kappa Sigma Kappa Reunion, beginning with a social at 6 p.m. and a dinner and dance from 7 to 9 p.m., in Memorial Union.
-- You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m. in Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall, and again on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. in Felten-Start.
-- Sternberg Museum of Natural History, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. This Homecoming the feature is "Museum Memories: A Centennial Exhibition," showcasing objects from the museum's history, many of which have not been on display in years. Visitors may also view the photography exhibition "Endangered Treasure: Our Alaska National Wildlife Refuge." All alumni members receive a $1 discount off the admission price and a 10 percent discount at the Sternberg Store.
The FHSU Alumni Association, which is sponsoring Homecoming 2002, requires advance registration for all events. Call the Alumni Office at (785) 628-4430 or toll free at 1-888-351-3591 or visit www.fhsu.edu/alumni to register for FHSU's Centennial Homecoming.
Established in 1916, the FHSU Alumni Association is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 36,000 FHSU graduates living in 50 states and 61 foreign countries. A 26-member Board of Directors is the governing board that sets the policy and direction of the association in developing lifelong relationships between the university and its alumni and friends.